Guest post about Liverpool by Mark Giacomin
Liverpool in England was nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2008 and efforts were made to regenerate large parts of the city as a result. The city has a long cultural history, especially in regards to popular music. Musicians from the city have produced 56 No. 1 singles, more than any other city in the world. The Beatles are arguably the most famous musical act from the city. The world’s biggest-selling girl band, the Spice Girls, also had a member from Liverpool. Other popular acts from the city include Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more.
As a result of the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture, there has been evident urban regeneration in the area near the docks principally to encourage consumerism. However, it was noticeable that there were abandoned & dilapidated buildings if you wandered along streets away from the centre. As usual, I was armed with my camera.
One of the first things I saw was the paradoxical advertising on Lime Street (Quality Student Accommodation). The Futurist Picture House (built circa 1912) is also on Lime Street & has been closed since 1982.
Carrying on up Lime Street, once you reach the intersecting corners of Berry Street/Leech Street, you will find St. Luke’s Church (built between 1811-1832). It was damaged by an incendiary device during World War Two & exists as a burnt-out shell.
If you continue along Berry Street as & head towards Chinatown. Almost within the shadow of the Chinatown arch I took a photo of a door. It is not in use other than to bear flyers, two of which are Shakespearean…tragedy or comedy?
I turned around & went left into Duke Street, where you are treated to the enigmatically named Europleasure International Ltd building.
The following photos were taken as I traversed the various parallel streets either side of Duke Street. The juxtaposition of art/social commentary versus neglect of the buildings appealed to me.
‘Art of War’ & ‘Chewbacca’ seem to be merging into their backgrounds.
With ‘Do You Feel Lonely’, I like to think that question is for the building & with ‘Do You Like Your Neighbours’…what neighbours?
The car park sign was especially cryptic, there was no car park!
I took four photos by Canning Dock. The first two are of the Great Western Railway warehouses (built circa 1890). I thought at the time it was odd as there were no train tracks. GWR used have cargo unloaded from boats to transport to other locations. Next one is the Edmund Gardner pilot cutter in dry dock. Last one is of a control panel inside the watchman’s hut.
Finally, perhaps the oddest photo & story of them all. It has been alleged that Liverpool Football Club, either directly or indirectly through third parties, has engineered the purchases of nearby properties (especially in Lothair Road) for well over a decade then intentionally leaving them uninhabited for an eventual stadium expansion. So much for the beautiful game.